Vimy Visitor Education Centre

Entrance: Vimy Visitor Education Centre
Entrance: Vimy Visitor Education Centre

While the Vimy monument itself is of course stunningly beautiful, before April 2017 visitors were given little context at the previous information booth as to why Canadians fought and died there; why Vimy remains special to the Canadian soul; and how Vimy, and other First World War battles at which Canadians fought, forever altered Canada’s status on the world stage. The Vimy Visitor Education Centre located adjacent the Vimy Monument, inaugurated at the Vimy Centennial Celebrations in April 2017 can now will answer these questions.

The Vimy Visitor Education Centre was a project in partnership with Veteran Affairs Canada ($5 million was committed by the Government of Canada in 2013).






For photos of the grand opening of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.

For photos of the construction of the Vimy Visitor Education Centre click here.





The George and Helen Vari Foundation

John & Kim Carswell Family







Richard Rooney

Cretier Foundation




  John & Pattie Cleghorn and Family

Cal Wenzel Family Foundation

McLean Foundation

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Vimy 100


The Vimy Foundation is leading the charge to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – the First World War battle that paved the way to an Allied victory, and solidified Canada as an independent nation. Please check out how you can get involved by attending events in your community, giving a VIMY for Vimy, and see the latest plans for the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre, opened on April 8, 2017.


Can’t be there in person? EF Educational Tours Canada has released an amazing 360 video of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Take a virtual tour:

In 2017, Canada is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a seminal event in Canada’s history. The crowning achievement of the Centennial celebrations was the unveiling of the state-of-the-art Vimy Visitor Education Centre ($5 million was committed by the Government of Canada in 2013) near the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France – a project from Vimy Foundation in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada.

While the Vimy monument itself is of course stunningly beautiful, currently visitors are given little context at the existing information booth as to why Canadians fought and died there; why Vimy remains special to the Canadian soul; and how Vimy, and other First World War battles at which Canadians fought, forever altered Canada’s status on the world stage. The Vimy Visitor Education Centre will answer these questions. The Centre will feature an Education Room, Museum Hall, Exhibit spaces, Resource Centre, and a Wall of Remembrance.

To commemorate the Vimy centennial, we are also offering dedication opportunities within the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, see more information below.

A number of key Canadians have lent their support to this important project, becoming part of the Vimy 2017 Committee, including current and former heads of state, federal and provincial politicians, military leaders, and supporters from the business, arts, academic, and philanthropic communities in Canada.

Contact Jeremy Diamond, Vimy Foundation Executive Director, to discuss ways you can get involved! кредит

Centennial Park

As a centennial project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge as well as the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Vimy Foundation has created the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France. This 4 acre commemorative park complements the surrounding area and will be a reflective space for visitors to Vimy. Built on private farmland purchased by the Vimy Foundation, the land has required extensive demining and preparation prior to creation of the park.

On November 9, 2018, two days before the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the Vimy Foundation opened the gates to a modern living memorial in commemoration of the centenary of the armistice of the First World War. Read the full release about the Opening of the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park by clicking here.


** There are still ongoing opportunities to be involved in supporting the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park. A very limited number of Centennial Trees (Vimy Oaks) are still available. Scroll down for more information on the various ways you can support this living memorial.**


Photos from the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park – October 2020
Vimy Foundation Centennial Park - October 2020 || Le Parc du centenaire de la Fondation Vimy



The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park is designed as a place for reflection about the role Canada played in the First World War and an opportunity to honour the Great War generation. All elements of the park have been carefully chosen. Design by Linda Dicaire, Landscape Architect.


The Centennial Park features 100 Centennial Trees dedicated to Canadians. The repatriated Vimy Oaks (Read more about the Vimy Oaks here) commemorate the living spirit of those who fought and testify to the intimate relationship between people and nature even in the most tragic circumstances. The four rows of trees in the centre circle commemorate the four Canadian divisions that participated in the battle in 1917.

Each Centennial Tree is available for $10,000 and will feature the donor’s name on the Centennial Park plaque. Proceeds will support Vimy Centennial Park and education programs of the Vimy Foundation. *Limited number of Centennial trees remain*

On October 29, 2018, French children from the nearby town of Givenchy-en-Gohelle assisted with the planting of the Vimy Oaks at the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park. Thank you for your help! Click here to view the photos.


The Vimy Foundation, to commemorate the legacy of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, created The Ridge: To Venerate A Buried History. This water feature was commissioned after a competition with entrants from Canada’s leading design universities. The winning team combined the talents of three Thesis Level Masters of Architecture students from Carleton University: Scott Normand, Kevin Complido, and Brendan Dyck. In their proposal, the team states:

The intention driving the project is for this theoretical interaction to be tranquil and thought-provoking and for it to reinforce the dialogue of peace and remembrance.



The paths through the Centennial Park create a unique perspective of the Vimy Memorial, surrounded by Vimy Oaks. Centennial benches, placed throughout the park, provide an opportunity for gathering, dialogue, and extended reflection, all essential elements to conflict resolution and peace that the monument inspires. Scroll down for the list of Centennial Bench donors. Proceeds will support Vimy Centennial Park and education programs of the Vimy Foundation.




Camp Borden was founded in 1916, training nearly fifty thousand soldiers for service in The Canadian Expeditionary Force. For many of those soldiers, their first action was during the Battle of Arras, and specifically the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Memorial Sculpture of the Bugler is generously provided by CFB Borden. The Memorial Sculpture of the Bugler, designed by the Canadian artist Marlene Hilton Moore, invites visitors to reflect on moments one hundred years earlier, as the bugle call rang out at the dawn of morning of April 9, 1917, and again on November 11, 1918 at the beginning of peace. A twin Bugler is installed at CFB Borden in the Borden Legacy Park, calling to the now-empty trenches that once trained soldiers before they left for battle overseas.  Read more about the Borden Legacy Park here, created for the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Base Borden.


Standing tall like the Vimy Oaks around it, the Canadian flag flies proudly. The flagpole is sponsored by Molson Coors, in memory of Captain Percival Molson, M.C. On July 5, 1917, Captain Percival Molson, MC was killed by a German howitzer during fighting at Avion, near Vimy Ridge.  “To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high.”




Vimy Centennial Park Sponsor

Centennial Flagpole

Proudly sponsored by Molson Coors In memory of Captain Percival Molson, M.C. “To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high.”

Centennial Benches

The Province of Alberta remembers those Albertans who served their country in the First World War, and subsequent wars.

In grateful memory of the men of the 13th, 42nd and 73rd Battalions C.E.F. who valiantly fought here in 1917. En mémoire des hommes du 13e, 42e et 73e bataillons F.E.C. qui se sont vaillamment battues ici en 1917. Perpetuated by / Perpétués par : The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada

10th Battalion Calgary Highlanders “The Fighting 10th

John and Pattie Cleghorn and Family

 In loving memory of grandfather Pte. Hugh MacDougall, 1/1st Lovat’s Scouts Yeomanry Wounded at Gallipoli, Sept., 1915
Je Suis Prest.
The Graham & Gayle Cooke Foundation Vancouver, Canada

The gift of The Peter Cundill Foundation on behalf of F Peter Cundill 1938-2011; a great Canadian, whose deep understanding of history afforded him a profound appreciation of the valour and the gritty determination displayed by his countrymen at Vimy.

In memory of all soldiers who served and gave their lives for our freedom. Fasken

Karen Girling, Bruce MacLellan, Ally and Sara, in memory of those who served.

In memory of: Donald Wilfred Machum 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1895 – 1966 Donald Alexander Machum 1927 – 2007

Hamilton Academy of Medicine in support of Docs on Ice

In dedication to the brave men and women who fought for freedom at Vimy Ridge On behalf of Husky Injection Molding Systems

In memory of their valour and their bravery. The people of Manitoba, Canada will never forget the many who fought and died for our freedom.

Enjoy the view of freedom they would insist. John Adie RFA 1914-18
Miner Family Canada

Le Nouveau-Brunswick se souvient New Brunswick Remembers
Don de la province du Nouveau-Brunswick Donated by the Province of New Brunswick

The Government of Nova Scotia commemorates Nova Scotians who served, and continue to serve Canada. We shall never forget their service and sacrifice.

The Government of Ontario is proud to pay tribute to the Canadians heroes who bravely fought to preserve our values and freedoms. We are forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.
Le gouvernement de l’Ontario est fier de rendre hommage aux héros canadiens qui ont combattu avec bravoure pour préserver nos valeurs et nos libertés. Nous leur sommes à jamais reconnaissants pour leur service et leurs sacrifices.

Rocky Mountain Rangers
172 Battalion
Kamloops BC Canada
Hon. Lt. Col. T.D.F. Newell

Gift of the Rossy Foundation

In memory of Helen Allen Stacey who connected thousands of needy children with adoptive parents and Col. C.P. Stacey, professor and official historian of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Remembered by their loving families and friends.

The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation


Centennial Trees

        • Amelia & Lino Saputo Jr. Foundation
        • Assurant
        • Bain Family, in memory of Pvt William Arthur Wilcox, 15th Bn, lost at Festubert, France May 21, 1915
        • The Boquist Family
        • The Burton Family in memory of Graham Burton
        • The Cadets of the Eastern Arctic. Thank you for your Gift of Freedom.
        • Graham Campbell & Rachel St. John
        • Joseph L. Campbell and Joan Miller-Campbell
        • From the Capern Walimaki Family, in loving memory of our ancestors who sacrificed for us all.
        • The Men and Women of the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service / Les hommes et les femmes du Service de l’aumônerie royale canadienne
        • To honour ARLINGTON CLARKE and the many brave Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge. The Clarke Family
        • A.Coburn & D.Auringer families in memory of Thomas Wilson, 196th Battalion CEF
        • Costigan family, in memory of Major John Francis Costigan, 50th Battalion infantry. April 4th 1917 Canada.
        • Craig, Debois, Isaacs, Mierins, Tilgner, Warner. Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Ours
        • The Croxon Family
        • In Memory of General Sir Arthur Currie
        • The Dalglish Family
        • Donnelly Automotive Group, Ottawa
        • Robert C. Douglas and Joanne R. Sutherland in Honour of James R. Sutherland Sr. 44th Bn(Manitoba)
        • We remember Jack and Fred Evans, brothers from Parkland, Alberta, who died at the Somme in Nov. 1916
        • Flinker Family
        • Robert Francis
        • The Fraser Family in memory of Frederick Thomas Lodge & John (Jack) Fraser
        • In memory of the brave souls who fought for our freedoms. We owe you immeasurable Gratitude. The Galt Family.
        • Matt and Erin Giffen & Family
        • The Glover Family honours Sergeant Winfred (Fred) Alexander Glover, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
        • Ian & Christie Gray Family, Port Credit Ontario
        • Alan Greenberg, Darcia Rowntree and Families
        • Ken and Dianne Griffith & Family
        • Harold S. Hadley & Claudia J. Kennedy
        • La Municipalité régionale de Halifax est honorée de soutenir le maintien du legs des chênes de Vimy.
        • In memory of Capt Frank Edgar Hamblin, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles
        • Ainslie Hogan and sons
        • For Brave Valentine, with Love The Hyatt Family
        • Industrial Alliance
        • The MFL Jaques Family, In loving memory of Lieutenant Maurice Alexander Jaques, lost Sept 3, 1916
        • The Kelleher Family in memory of Dr. W.R. Harwood
        • The Kelsall Family In honour of Corporal Samuel Lester Kelsall 58th Battalion 9th MGC 3rd Division
        • Landscape Ontario
        • Nancy MacKellar
        • We will not break faith, nous nous souviendrons. Fergus, Molly & Racheal McCaig
        • The McCook, Leger, and Styner Family
        • In memory of Bill and Joan Livingston
        • Mr. & Mrs. S. Mehta, Mississauga, ON, in memory of our beloved servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Requiescat in pace.
        • The Mews Family in memory of Lieutenant Henry (Harry) George Reginald Mews
        • Karen Miller and Gerald McDonnell
        • Mike Stollery Automotive Partnerships in honour of Private G. R. Mowforth
        • The Men and Women of Operation Guardian Force who care for and Remember our Veterans
        • The Knights and Dames of the Order of St. George Canada. We Will Remember You.
        • LCol William and Carolyn Patton in memory of LT T.J. Taylor, Cpl R. Anderson, and Pte W. Coolen
        • Barry & Elizabeth A. Peacock, in memory of Robert Charles Peacock
        • Randy & Carolyn Peek & Family
        • Pembcorp Automotive Group
        • In memory of soldiers of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry who paid the supreme sacrifice 9-12 April 1917
        • In memory of Andrew Powell
        • Dedicated on behalf of the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, to all that rest upon this sacred Canadian land in France.  We encourage all and especially, the world’s youth, to gaze upon its beauty and understand that the oak tree is a symbol of Bravery, Power, Protection and Truth.  Please remember their sacrifices and the strength it took to defend us.  We hope all will make a pledge, when they stand before it, to remember. May they be commemorated forever and our gratitude infinite. Peace be with you. Maureen Bianchini Purvis, Randall Purvis, Sara McNeill, Keely Yates, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
        • Robert Quartermain
        • The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Royal Regiment of Canada, and the 48th Highlanders of Canada salute their perpetuated CEF battalions – 3rd, 15th, 58th, 83rd, 92nd, 95th, 123rd, 124th, 134th, 166th, 170th, 198th, 204th and 255th.  We will remember them!
        • The Ritz & Hunt families in memory of Pte Harry Franklin Ritz (78th Bn)
      • Honour – Courage – Sacrifice / Royal Canadian Navy
      • Royal Military Colleges of Canada, Class of 1973. Truth, Duty, Valour / Vérité, Devoir, Vaillance
      • The Shanahan Carriage Company in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Chipman, MC, VD
      • Shannon Family in loving memory of of our grandfather Wilfrid J. Fagan
      • The family of Pte. Thomas Lloyd Smith – April 27, 1917, Vimy Ridge
      • In loving memory of our angel Barbara (Glica) Sweeney 1957 – 2019. You live in our hearts.
      • TAO Asset Management
      • We will remember them. Forever grateful, the Tattersall family and Heathbridge Capital Management
      • Irene Topits
      • Honouring the sacrifices of University of Toronto students, alumni, faculty and staff.
      • The Vickers Family in memory of Gunner Arthur Vickers and Private Arthur Fordham
      • The Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation: 23 volunteers provided Vimy trees, Park design & engineering.
      • Courage Remembered – In loving memory of G. Kingsley Ward and Adele E. Ward
      • The Wood Family in memory of Flight Lieutenant John Harvie Wiley
      • The Wyant Family in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon M. Wyant, OC, CD, QHP
      • Le 22e Régiment, le Régiment de Maisonneuve, les Fusiliers Mont-Royal



      To purchase a Centennial Tree and support the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park and educations programs, please contact us at or 416.595.1917. кредит

Centennial Plaques

Centennial Plaques were sponsored by community members and groups to support the design and construction of the new Vimy Visitor Education Centre and to honour a family member, friend, veteran, or community member. These plaques will be mounted in the Visitor Education Centre in Vimy, France. Each Centennial Plaque will remain on the wall in perpetuity to be read by visitors who enter the Visitor Education Centre and demonstrate the national significance of the building.

Centennial Plaques

  • Don, Elyse & Stuart Allan
  • Carpenters District Council of Ontario
  • The Family of Sergeant Murray Featherstonhaugh
  • Staff Sergeant Major William Francis
  • The Family of Mary Goffart
  • The Honorary Colonel Blake C. Goldring Family
  • David & Jo-Anne Houghton
  • James G. Massie & Family
  • The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation
  • Robert Quartermain
  • Gary & Joanne Reamey Family
  • The Family of Harold LeRoy Shaw
  • Mike Stollery & Family
  • James Ross Sutherland Sr. Family
  • Louis Vachon

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Vimy Donors

Thank you to all who have made donations through our ‘Give a Vimy for Vimy’ initiative. These donations helped support our 2017 Centennial activities.


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Harry Wylie Abel
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Charles Alderson
Caroline Alexander
Nicholas Alexandris
Alfred and Herbert
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Ralph E. Allen
Walter S. Allward
Karen Almadi
David Altwasser
Ameri-Can Machinery Ltd.
C.J. Amm
J.J. Amm
John James Amm
Archibald Annan
Anne & Will
Robert Appleton
Ambrose Archer
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Amy Armstrong
Hailey Armstrong
Paul Armstrong
Sereda Ashcroff
Tokoure Assoumative
Pauline M Atkinson
Christianne Audet
Nursing sister Esthaol Bagshaw
Charles Roy Bailey
James N. Baker
Mercedes Baker
Ryan D.C. Baker
Warren Bard
Tom Barlow
In Memory of Lance Corporal Ronald Barlow
Shane Barnes
John Barnes
Steven Barre
Paul Bates
Ken Battersby
Rob Baxter
Mary C. Beaussart
Carla Beckett
Benjamin Beedling
Christopher Beetham
Mike Behuniak
Michael Belec
Joe Belfontaine
Jeffery Bell
Karen Bell
Mr. Donald L Berard
Scott Biggs
William Birchall
Geoffrey Bird
R Ian Birtwell
Gwen Bishop
Harold Fletcher Bishop
Rebecca Blacklaws
Gerald Edward Blackstock
Vimy Patricia Loftus Blackstock
Norval R Blair
Henry Edward Blake
PO2 Craig Blake
Douglas K Blakeley RCNVR
Charlie Blakey
Marie Blanchard
Gerald Blezy
Gail E Blondon
Barry Bloomfield
Michael Blythe EXP
William Boath
In memoriam to Private Russell John Boland
Joe Borges
Dr and Mrs D Bouchard
Lars & Rene Bouman
Hillery Bourne
Charlotte Bouskill
Pvt. Charles Edward Bowman 127648 Canadian Cemetery No. 2
Harry Boyce
Colin Boyd
Hugh Boyd 85th NS Highlanders
Michael Boyes
Jon Bradley
Brave Canadians
Caroline Bredeson
Edward Gordon Bresnahan
Tom Bridel, soldier at Vimy
Fred Bridel, soldier at Vimy
Dawson Bridges
Mr. R. Mark Brigham
Adam Brown
Merl Brown
In Memory of Robert Henry Brown who fought at Vimy Ridge
Yvonne Brown
L/Cpl John Howard Brown
Tracy Bryce
John Bucsi
Michael Bull
John David Burnes
Gunner Walter H Burnett 25 05 1917
Morley Burton
Sydney Burton
Jack W.B. Butler
Peter M Butler
Jeff Bycraft
David Cadoret
In memory of William Thompson Calderwood
Brenden Caldwell
Thomas Caldwell
Tom & Jane Callen
LCol Tom Callen,CD, RC Sigs (Ret’d)
Gordon J Campbell
Robert Campbell
Ronald Campbell
John Campion and Jean Cumming
John C Cannon
Byzantine Imperial House of Cantacuzéne
Greg Capeling
Stacey Cardiff 908137
Mario Carnevale
Brett W.J. Carr
Agostino Cassar
Daniel Cassar
Grace Cassar
Ted Catton
Jim Cavin
Marcia Cavin
Sara N Cecile
Joseph Cesnik
Hylda Chambers
Leonard Chan
Elliot Chaplin
Julye Johanne Charlebois
Joel Robert Denis Charlebois
Jeff Charpentier
Bev Chettleborough
Clement W.Y. Cheung
Robert  Chevalier
Signaller Thomas H. Chisolm, 42nd Canadian Highlanders
Ian Christensen
Laurie Christensen
Mark Christopher
Charles Chu
Barbara Clancy
Barbara M Clancy
Reg H Clancy
Susan Clancy
Pte EG Clarke
Lisa Cameron Clarke
Greg Clarke
Orrin M. Clayton
Paul Clinton
Doug & Joan Clute
Doug Clute
John & Jill Coles
Jeff & Sherrie Coles Family
Robert Collier
John Coltart
Laura Comin
Brian J Connor
Amelia I. Cook
John H. Cook
Charles Leslie Cooke
John Cooke, Jack Cooke, Sharon Kaur in Memory of John Orme Cooke 4CMR and Melvin Leroy Dolph 52 CEF
Cathy Cooper
Cecil Cooper
Craig Corbett
Matt Corrigan
George W. Cost
Cliff j Cowan
Justine Cowitz
Thomas Crawford
Philip Creates
Sydney Creates
David Crews
Doug Cronin
Edward Thomas Crothers
Margot Cudmore
William G Cunningham
Glen Cyca
David Czuczman
Johanna & Mike Dabrowski Family
Stephen Dame
James Dare
Brigitte d’Auzac
Beth Dea
Earl Dear
Matthieu Debost
Arnaud De Block
Mary Jane Decloux
F.C. DeCoste
Thomas Deeks
Linda Dennis
Chris De Guerre
Fred Craig Derry
Marc Despatie
Gary M Diamond
Jeremy Diamond
Michelle Diamond
Arthur Dickinson
Richard Dishan
John Dixon
Richard Dixon
Thomas J. Dixon
Randell Dodge
Gregory D. Doell
Alix & Patrick Doherly
Sgt. Andrew Doiron
Murray G Douglas
Ralph Douglas
Caroline Downes
Gord & Vicki Drimmie
Gord  Drimmie and Family
Gord Drimmie
Richard R Duffield
Colin Duffy
Jim Duholke
Richard Duncan
Frank Dunlap
Norma Dwyer
Shirley Dyer
Gladstone Burwash Earl
Hiram Arnold Earl
Malcolm Eaton
Stuart Eby
David Edgar
Kelly Edgar
Paul Edge
Merv Edinger
Brian D. Edwards
Laura Elash
David Elloway
Sgt. J.M. Elo CD
Gary Endicott
Sandra M Ens
Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans
Pamela Eveleigh
In memory of Howard John Gaskell Exton
Carol Eyre
In Memory of Carol Eyre
Ian Fachie
Michael Fahey
Colin Federow
Robert Fenech
Robert Gerald Fenech
Tim Fenton
Lyle Ferryman
David and Nicola Finch
David a Fisch
Jeffrey Fisher
Noelle Fisher
Gary Fishlock
Graham Flack
Peter Flattery
Alexandra F Fokine
Komstantin Fokins
Frederic, Violet, Lottie and Helen Foley
In memory of Roy Forbes who bravely fought at Vimy Ridge
Jordan Robert Fraser
Sean Fraser
James I Freeman
Bob French
Brad Friesen
Wendy Friesen
Pierrette Frost
Dudley Bertram Fryer (Vimy Ridge Veteran)
Lawrence Fuaco
Keary Brooks Galley, 2nd Cdn Division
Susan L. Gardener
Lorraine Garneau
Susan Garrett
Ken & Laurie Gaughan
Paul Gibbens
John Gildner
Harry Giles
Garth Gilligan
Greg Godbeer
Charles Godwin
David B Godwin
Gerald I. Goldlist
Megan Goodwin
HV Gore (Victor)
Ariel and Sadie Gottheil
W.H. Goulden
Sherrill Graham
Colin Graham
David Green
Vimy Veteran Francis Green
Colby Gulka
Joyce Gurnsey
Lillian Hafford
Kurt Hahn
Spencer Halickman
William Hall
Donald C Hallam
Sandra and Steve Halpenny
Brenda Hamilton
Alan Hammond
Captain Edwin Harewood
W. Peter H. Harding
F/Lt Basil J. Harford RCAF
Pte.Basil Harford, 27th Batt. CEF
Emelia Harker
Jay Harker
Natalie Harker
Valerie Harker
David R. Harkness
Martin R Harman
Peter Hart
Rhonda and Darrell Hartman
Stanley Hartt
Pte Arthur Thomas Hawkins
Cathy Hawkins
Anna Haycock
Frederick Hayes
Martha Healey
George Alexander Hayes
Robert N Heath
Thomas Hedges and Family
Kathleen M. Henderon
Barbara W. Henderson
Elise M. Henderson
Judy R. Henderson
Kevin D. Henderson
Melvin S. Henderson
Robert Henderson
Ronald L. Henderson
Ross L. Henderson
Thomas J. Henderson
Curt Hering
Kirsten Hering
Darrell Heron
Julia Roberts-Heron
Janis Higgins
Christopher Hilkene
Harry Hill
James William Hill
Susan Hill
Bruce Hilton
Twylla Hodgins
Andrew Hoppe
Michael Horn
Janet Hornby
Gordon Horne
Wilfred Horne
David I Houghton
Tommy Houghton
Ken House
Bill Howard
Frances Howe
Kristin Howe
Matthew Howe
Norman Howe
Kevin Hronek
York Hsiang
The Huddleston’s
Janet Hudgins
Arthur Hughes
Rhoda Marjory Hughes
Arthur Huston
Ralph Hutton
Dennis Hutton
In memory of the brave young soldiers who laid down their lives for our freedom.
Derek Irons
Jean Jackson
Gary Jacombs
Betty D. James
Henry Janzen
Holly Jarand
Neil & Rita Jeffrey
Bodil Eve Jensen
Eric Jensen
Robin & Trudy Jensen
Robert Ambrose Jensen
Victor Jermolow
Curtis Jerrom
Warren Jerrom
Memoriam – Leonard Eldridge Jerrom – 44th Battalion
Lorne Jessop
In Memory of Edgar Johncox
Ernie R Johnson
PVT Albin Solman Johnson 5th Btn
William George Washington Johnston
William Henderson Johnston
Wilf Johnston
Diane Jones
Hopkins Jones
Jennifer Jones
Greg Kalapothareas
Edwin Kamps
Tass J. Kanakos
Michael S Kaplan
C. Karolewski
T. Karolewski
Dr. Edward Katz
Edward Katz
Barry and Cheryl Kay
John Keating
Will Kee
Sean Keenan
Grant A Kehrli
James Kelly
Brian Kelly
Robert Kennedy
Linda Kennedy
Regimental Sergeant Major Stephen Kern, CD
Robert Kerr
Terry Kerr
Harry Kersbergen
Joe Keyes
Blair Kidney
Noreen King
Al Kirton
Murray Kissick
In memory of Arthur Kitchen and Renee Kitchen
Lara Kleinschroth
Robert Knapp
Shirley M Knapp
David L. Knight
Edwin Knox
Rudolf Kokai
Doug Kozak
Michael Krawchuk
Stephanie Kribs
Lynne Kurylo
Lynn Kustra
Lynn M Kustra
Akash Kygo
Rob Laalo
Roger Lace
Stu Lach
James Harvey Lackie
Margaret Lacoste
Mario Lalletti
Alain S. Lalonde
Gail E. Lalonde
Richard Paul Lamy
Pte. Walter F. Lang 190103
John Langstaff (Vernon BC)
William Larocque
Walter Larocque
George V. Laughton
Richard V Laughton
André et Marie Laurendeau
Debra J Laurie
Jeremy K. Lavoie
Wayne K Lawrence
Bill Lawson
Patricia Lawson
Leslie David Laxton
David Lebert
Joan Girling Leduc
Emily Lee
Evered James Lee
Christopher Leightell
Anne Leith
Raynald H Lemelin
Raymond Léon
James V Leroux
Elizabeth M. Leverette
Linda Levstein
Jordan Lewans
Gary Ley
Robert Lilja
Chris & Diane Lindstrom
Cpl. Robert Lipton
David Lipton
Graham Livingstone
Harold Livingstone
Jim Livingstone
Robert Livingstone
Steele Livingstone
Fonda B Loft
Jonathan Oliver Black Loftus
Wellington Loney
Beverley Lough
Leona C Love
Doug Lowe
R. Alex Loy
Robert A. Loy
Peter Lubke, CPA, CMA, CGA
Mike Lunny
Pete & Marianne Lupiano Family
Joe, Debbie, Maddie, Patrick & Allison Lynch
Robert B Mac Donald
Laura Macdonald
Beth MacDonell
David MacDougall
Megan Mackinnon (for Kathleen)
Darlene MacLean
Rose Marie Maclennan
Michael MacPherson
John MacNeil
Barry Magill
Guy Maillet
Tim Majovsky
Susan Mallinson
George Richard Mansell
François Marquette
Diane Marcotte
Stephen Marinelli
Toni Marion
Paul T Markham
Dwayne Marlowe
Janice Marshall
George Marshall and Andrew Allan
John Martens
Julia Martens
Peter Martinek
Robert Massie
Brian Matthews
Julie Matthews
Carol Matthews
Jennifer Matthews
Jacqueline Matthews
William Maxwell
Captain James May
John G. McCarten
Mr Kevin McCarthy
Howard McCartney
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Sean McCue
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Stephen McGowan
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Peter Naperstkow
Elizabeth Naumovski
Allan Naylor
Lancelyn R Nelson
Charlie Nesbitt
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MCpl Ryan Alexander New
May Newman
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In memoriam Mr. John Dudley Noble WWII – RAF
Julie Normandeau
Leacy O’Brien
Michael O’Keefe
Steven and Barbara Oliver
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Bob O’Neil
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William J. Orr
Our Grandfathers
Captain David Owen
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Lee Parent
Daniel Parenteau
David E. Parker
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Scott Parsons
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Doreen A. Pollitt
William Polzin
Great Uncle Charlie- Charles Thomas Porter
William G. Portman
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Andrew Powell
Lynne Prendergast
Grandfather J. Percy Prestwich, Veteran
In memory of Charles Price, who was there
Tom Price
Ashley Prouse
Robert Purcell
Qi Dai Family
Jean Quine
Natalie Quinn
Ronald Quinn
Patricia Rachel
Brian Rainville
Barry Ralph
Rubeta Ralph
Charles & Cara Ramsey
Major W. A. Randall
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John H W Rathwell
James Rattray
Gordon Rea
In memory of Charles Reaper
Jonathan Reddekopp
Connie Reiber
Paul Reiber
Jennifer Reveler
Ronald Rice
Charles A Richardson
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Karen Riehm
Irving Riley
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McKeddie Robert
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Charles S. Robinson
In Memory of Frederick J. Robinson
Martin H Robinson
James Robson
Lance Corporal Peter Robson
Lance Cpl.Peter Robson
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Lynn Robson-Brick
Gary Rollerson
Jerzy Romaniec
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Craig Rose
Kurt Rosentreter
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George W Scott
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Russell Scott
The Scott Family
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Jon Shrubsole
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Robert Stephen
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Jill Sterritt
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Randy Stone
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Doug Strype
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Brian Stulte
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Sukhvinder Sunger
Dorothy Sutton
Rose Swan
Debbie Sykora
Tony Sykora
Alain Talbot
Derek Tam
Beau Taylor
Tetreault Family
William Tett
Frank Lloyd Thomas
Jim & Nola Thomas
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Sheldon B. Thorpe
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Charles Cecil Tilbury
Mary Tod
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Valerie Torck
Barry R Towson
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Frank Tse
Patricia Tuck-Hjelholt
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Craig Tucker
Ray Turenne
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Jim Turner
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Michael Tyreii
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Gene Valent
Paul Valentine
William Vanderspek
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Roger Van Dorne
Evert Van Ginkel
James Vercaigne
Louise Veres-Eceri
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Lieut. Desmond Vicars
Brian FJ Vollmer
John Wadey
Aly Wakif
C/Sgt A. Wakif
David Henry Waldron
David Sterling Waldron
Bill Walker
Private Thomas Samuel Walker
Jean Walters
Michelle Wang
Roy W Wannamaker
Michael Ward
T Gai Ward
Lawrence Wareing
William & Lynn Watson
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Nicholas Webb
John Welk
Susan Weston
Theodore George Whalley
Elizabeth & Peter Whatmore
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Cecil Wilder
Ken S Wildgoose
Kerri Wigle
Arthur E. Wilkins
David M. Wilkins
Michael Williams
Todd Williams
Andrew Wilson
Richard Wilson
Lorraine Wiman
Debra Wilson
Bruce Wilson
Gordon Wilson
Neil & Dawn Wilson
Jim Windsor
William Wirth
Ken Wolch
Joe Womersley
Emma Wood
Elliot McFarland Wood
Warren Wood
John A.E. Woodhouse
Gary Woodward
David Wrathall
Evared Inkerman Wright
Jonathan Christopher Wright
Bruce & Margaret Wright
Lieut. Douglas Christie Wright, RFC, 18th Bn
Richard Wu
C. Kemm Yates
Peter Young
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Drew Young
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Kirsten Zemp
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Vimy 2017 Committee

Honorary Patrons
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C., C.C., O.B.C., Q.C. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins
The Honourable Judith Guichon, O.B.C. Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, FRCPSC (hon)
Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie U.E., C.M., C.M.M., M.S.C., O.Ont, C.D. The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., C.C.
The Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A. The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, P.C., M.P.
Vice- Admiral Mark Norman, C.M.M., C.D. The Honourable Doug Phillips
The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, S.O.M., S.V.M. The Honourable Brad Wall, M.L.A.
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, M.P.P.
Campaign Co-Chairs
Captain (Ret’d) John P. Carswell, RMC, MBA, CFA General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, O.C., C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Hon. Michael A. Meighen, QC Mrs. George W. (Helen) Vari, OLH, OONM, LLD, LHD
Education Patrons
John and Pattie Cleghorn


Christopher Alexander Niki Ashton, M.P.
Hugh Brewster Lois Brown, M.P.
BGen. Julian Chapman Hon. Jean Charest, PC, LLB
The Honourable Senator Marie-P. Charette-Poulin Don Cherry
Tony Clement, P.C., M.P. Arthur Dalfen
J. Colin Dodds Wayne Easter, M.P.
The Honourable Senator Art Eggleton The Honourable Ernie Eves, Q.C.
The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, C.M., O.N.S., M.S.M. David Frum
Paul Godfrey, C.M., O.Ont. Paul W. Gooch
Linda Granfield Rudyard Griffiths
Paul Gross Michael Harris, M.P.P.
 Judith Irving Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman
 HooJung Jones Senator Serge Joyal, PC, OC, OQ
The Honourable Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P. The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P.
Michael Krstajic Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Andrew Leslie C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Ben Lobb, M.P. Brian Macdonald, MLA
William A. MacKinnon Phil McColeman, MP
John McDermott Rick Mercer
Larry Miller, M.P. Christine Moore, M.P.
Erin O’Toole, M.P. Gary & Joanne Reamey
Ken Shaw Peter Stoffer, M.P.
David Sweet, M.P. Kenneth M. Tanenbaum
William Thorsell John H. Tory, Q.C., O.Ont.
Dr. Jonathan Vance Roger Vandomme
Robert Wildeboer Jason Wilson
Campaign Cabinet
Casey Adam Antolak William Arvanitis
Bryan Brulotte Don Cranston
Ferg Devins Christopher Hilkene
Michael Hyatt Nigel Kettle
Jim Love Robert McFarlane
Jan Ottens Greg Owen
Charles Pachter Tim Patriquin, C.D.
Walter P.F. Shanly Michael G. Sherrard
Jamie Watt John Wright
Peter Wright

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Vimy Oaks

After the Battle of Vimy Ridge was won, many soldiers realized that they had been part of something truly great. Leslie Miller, born in 1889 in Milliken, ON, looked around for a souvenir on the Ridge. It was completely devoid of structures or vegetation due to shell fire but he did find a half buried oak tree. He gathered up a handful of acorns.

Those acorns were subsequently planted by him on farmland in Scarborough, ON, which is now home to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. He called his farm the ‘Vimy Oaks Farm’. Today, several of the original oaks survive. However, there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.



The Vimy Foundation, in partnership with the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, is working to repatriate these Vimy Oaks of Scarborough-Agincourt back to Vimy, France, to help preserve Canada’s First World War legacy through the creation of a living memorial.

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park, adjacent to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France, will feature 100 Vimy Oak trees. These Vimy Oaks in France are available for sponsorship by individuals and organizations.


Click here to learn more about the
Vimy Foundation Centennial Park in France



All the saplings were sold! The Vimy Foundation is grateful to the Canadians who contributed to this important project. Please feel free to send us photos of your Vimy Oaks.

In January 2015, the process began with professional arborists taking cuttings (scions) from the crowns of the oaks which will be grafted onto base root stock – quercus robur. (Photos from this process can be found here.) The saplings have been grown at Connon NVK nurseries using an accelerated method.

Donations were used to support the creation of the Vimy Foundation Centennial Park in France as well as ongoing education programs.

The planting of a Vimy Oak was a special way for schools, libraries, and other community organizations to mark the end of the First World War centennial period. These special trees, brought back as acorns from Vimy Ridge to grow in Canada, were an opportunity for groups to acknowledge the impact that the First World War had on their community, and to gather together in a ceremony when the tree was planted in the ground.

For younger readers, Linda Granfield’s The Vimy Oaks: A Journey to Peace is an excellent entry-point for discussing the First World War and Remembrance alongside the Vimy Oaks.

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Vimy Oaks Poetry

100 years ago poetry was an integral part of Canadian life. Everyone read poetry, most wrote it, you had to learn some in school, and poems are found in almost all the war diaries and letters. Of course, the most famous being In Flanders Fields…

The Vimy Oaks Team is reaching out to Canada’s poets for a poem to be read at the planting of the ‘repatriated’ Vimy Oaks in 2017 in France for the 100th Anniversary of the battle, and Canada’s 150th birthday. The trees represent our fallen soldiers and present Canadians who are standing on guard for democracy and freedom. They ‘say’ to the French (and other allies) that Canada answers the call. 100 years later the acorn has returned. We have not forgotten.

For more information, please contact the Vimy Oaks Legacy organization:
OR by email:

Thank you to all who submitted poems to us!
Many poems have been translated and you can also read them in French here.

 After careful consideration, our winning submission is:

Vimy Oaks – Windbreak
by Tony Peneff ~ 2016


Please find the full news release here with additional information.


Quercus: “Nations hurled together so they might learn to know one another” – Derek Beaulieu, Calgary AB- Poet Laureate
Vimy Ridge, We Stand on Guard for Thee, Katheryn Bezaire, Windsor ON
Conception: acorn, zygote, history, Yvonne Blomer, Victoria, BC – Poet Laureate
These Mighty Oaks That Stand on Guard, Hillery Bourne, Toronto, ON
A Moment in Time – The Vimy Oaks, Laura Cannon-Sherlock, Flesherton, ON
Vimy Oaks, George Elliott Clarke – 7th Parliamentary P.L.
On Guard For Thee, Andrea Coli, Calgary, AB
Vimy’s Sentinels, Khrys Dumyn, Toronto, ON
The Battle of Vimy Ridge, Jim Dyer

Our Vimy Ridge Heroes – Connie Lee Fehr, Kingsville, ON
Easter Monday 1917, Jennifer Footman, Caledon, ON
We Live Their Lives – Lynn Hilborn, Grafton, ON
Architects of Liberty – Candice James, New Westminster, BC – Poet Laureate
The Stand of Oak – Penn Kemp, London ON – Poet Laureate
Holding On – Deirdre Kessler, Charlottetown, PEI – Poet Laureate
The Vimy Oaks, Judith Krause, Regina, SK – Poet Laureate
Vimy Oaks, Thomas Leduc, Sudbury, ON – Poet Laureate
The Vimy Oaks – Bruce Meyer, Barrie ON – Poet Laureate
Windbreak – Tony Peneff, Chilliwack BC
The Vimy Oaks – Michael Shain, Little Current, ON
Remembrance Day – Douglas Sinclair, Toronto, ON
On Vimy Ridge – Sylvia Taekema, Chatham, ON
Vimy Ridge Pilgrimage – John Wiznuk, Mississauga ON

A special submission: Here On The Top Of Vimy Ridge I Stand by Andrew Lane

Mr. Gordon Lane (London, Ontario) submitted his father’s First World War poems which had only recently been rediscovered. Andrew Lane was a Gunner with the 43rd Battery Canadian Field Artillery. The unit was commissioned in 1916 by Lt. Col. David McCrae, John McCrae’s father. Gunner Lane’s poems written in 1917‐1918, provide us with a contemporary soldier’s thoughts and emotions. займ